Do you want to install Pop OS on your PC? Here are 3 ways for you. This post from
offers you a step-by-step
Pop OS install
guide. You can select one accordingly. It also tells you how to get the Pop OS download.
How to Download Pop!_OS
Pop!_OS is a free and open-source Linux distribution, based upon Ubuntu, and featuring a customized GNOME desktop environment known as COSMIC. It is developed and maintained by System76, an American Linux computer manufacturer.
This distro is designed for fast navigation, easy workspace organization, and fluid and convenient workflow. It is also suitable for STEM and creative professionals who use their computers as a tool to discover and create.
Pop!_OS is primarily bundled with the System76 laptops, but it can also be downloaded and installed on most computers for free. How to get the Pop OS download? This is very simple. Go to the
Pop OS by System76
website. Click the
button. Then, you can 3 versions: the pure version, the Nvidia version, and the Ras Pi 4 version.
If your PC has Nvidia graphics installed, download the Nvidia version. This version has been optimized for the Nvidia GPU. If you want to install Pop OS onto Raspberry Pi 4, download the Ras Pi 4 version. Note that Pop!_Pi for Raspberry Pi 4 is a Tech Preview. If you are not in the above cases, just download the pure version.
Then, verify your download using the checksum to ensure that you've received the full, complete download and that it is not corrupted. Open the Command Prompt and run the following command:
CertUtil -hashfile folder-path\pop-os_22.04_amd64_intel_22.iso SHA256
You need to replace the folder-path accordingly. In addition, the .iso filenames will change over time, so please make sure you are using the correct .iso filename.
If the checksum does not match the one on the download page, you may need to re-download your copy of Pop!_OS.
Launch MiniTool Partition Wizard. Right-click a partition and choose
Drag the arrow icon to decide how much space you want to shrink. Click the partition block and drag it to decide the location of the partition. Then, click the
In general, the VM file will increase as your VM usage frequency increases. Therefore, I recommend you create a partition of more than 40GB. Of course, you can decide according to your condition.
You can check the unallocated space before and after to know how much space you have shrunk. You need to make sure the unallocated space is enough. If not, you need to move/resize multiple partitions.
Right-click the unallocated space and choose the
Set parameters for the new partition. You can keep them to the default value if you don’t have specific demands. Then, click the
button to execute pending operations.
Then, you need to install a VM program on this partition and use this software to create a Pop OS VM. You can use
VMware or VirtualBox
. Here, I will show you how to install Pop OS on VMware. The guide is as follows:
Create a VM on VMware.
Launch VMware and click
New Virtual Machine
On the pop-up window, select
On the next window, click
Installer disc disk image file (iso)
option and click the
window, navigate to the Pop OS ISO file and click the
. Then, click
Change the VM name to
and change the VM location to the partition you created just now. Then, click
Allocate the number of processors. Keep the default value and click
Specify the memory size. Change the memory size to
4GB or more
and then click
Then, keep the default values and click
all the way through until you are asked to specify the disk capacity. You can change the
Maximum disk size
to a larger number if you think 20GB is too small. Then, click
again. Then, review all the virtual machine settings. If they are OK, click
Power on the Pop OS virtual machine. Wait until the Pop OS install wizard launches. Then, go through the Pop OS installation process.
Follow the wizard to select a language, a locale, a keyboard input language, and a keyboard layout.
option. This will erase all contents of the target drive. If you want to create a Pop OS VM or replace Windows with Pop OS thoroughly, this option is OK.
Select the VMware disk and click the
Erase and Install
Create a user account and click
. Then, you need to set the password.
Decide whether to encrypt the system drive. The function of this feature is similar to BitLocker. You can decide according to your condition.
Then, the Pos OS install wizard starts to partition the drive, extract files, etc. This may take a long time. When the installation is completed, reboot your computer and log in to complete the user account setup process. Then, you can use Pop OS. If you think the screen is too small, right-click on the desktop and choose
to change it.
How to Replace Windows with Pop OS
Create a Pop OS installation media. You need to insert a USB larger than 8GB into the PC. Then, download an ISO burning program like Rufus and use it to burn the Pop OS ISO file into the USB drive.
Launch Rufus. It will detect the USB drive automatically.
button and choose the Pop OS ISO file. Then, click
. After the burning process completes, click
Insert the USB drive into the PC where you want to install Pop OS. Make sure the PC is powered down. Then, power on the PC and press the
to enter the firmware. Then, you need to do the following things in order:
because this feature may prevent Pop OS from booting.
Set the USB drive as the first boot device.
Save changes and exit the firmware. The PC will boot from the USB drive, and then you just need to go through the complete Pop OS installation process.
Enter the firmware again and make the PC boot from the internal storage. Now, if all is OK, your PC should enter Pop OS.
How to Dual Boot Pop OS and Windows
Shrink partitions to get enough free space (unallocated space). You can also use the Move/Resize feature of the MiniTool Partition Wizard, especially if you need to shrink multiple partitions and get the unallocated space together.
Create a Pop OS installation media, disable Secure Boot, and make the PC boot from the USB drive.
Go through the Pop OS installation process, but this time you need to choose the
. This will open the GParted tool. You need to use this tool to create 3 partitions (“
”, and “
” partition stores boot files. The "
" partition is used to store system files. You can also use it to store personal files. The "
" partition is used as the virtual memory.
Right-click on the unallocated space and choose
from the menu.
On the new window, change the
(MB), label the partition as “
”, and click
. Please note that the boot partition must be a primary partition.
Then, add the “
” partition and the “
The number of partitions on an MBR disk can’t exceed 4. So, if your disk is MBR style, you need to create an
first. To do that, you just keep the default value and change the
parameter. If your disk is GPT style, skip this step.
” partition should be
(MB) and its
. Use the same way to create the “
” partition. This time, you don’t need to change anything. Just label the partition as “
” and click
green tick icon
to execute all operations. Click
. After the operation is executed successfully, click
. Then, close the GParted tool.
partition, toggle on
, and use it as
. Use the same way to set the
partition and the
partition. Then, click the
Erase and Install
Now, you can follow the steps described before to complete the Pop OS installation.
Is this post useful to you? Have you encountered issues when downloading and installing Pop OS? Share them with us in the following comment zone. In addition, if you encounter problems when using MiniTool Partition Wizard, please feel free to contact us via
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Author Linda has been working as an editor at MiniTool for 1 year. As a fresh man in IT field, she is curious about computer knowledge and learns it crazily. Maybe due to this point, her articles are simple and easy to understand. Even people who do not understand computer can gain something.
By the way, her special focuses are data recovery, partition management, disk clone, and OS migration.
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